Toronto Blue Jays vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/9/14
Chicago Cubs (64-80) at Toronto Blue Jays (74-69)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Jake Arrieta (R) (8-5) (2.814) vs. Mark Buehrle (L) (11-9) (3.343)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -135 / Chicago Cubs +125 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CHI, SNET
The Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays play game two on Tuesday at the Rogers Centre.
The Chicago Cubs have lost four straight and have dropped 16 games below a .500 record. The Cubs pitching staff hasn’t been able to hold up, allowing four or more runs in six of their last nine games. Overall, the Chicago Cubs have an ERA of 3.78, which is 18th in the majors, and they’ve lost 15 straight when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Luis Valbuena has hit in eight of his last 10 games and Welington Castillo has hit in five of his last six gamesJake Arrieta takes the mound, and he’s 8-5 with a 2.81 ERA and has 139 strikeouts in 134.1 innings. Arrieta is 3-2 with a 6.00 ERA in six career games against the Blue Jays.
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The Toronto Blue Jays have won seven of their last nine games and five games above a .500 record. The Blue Jays pitching rotation has actually been somewhat decent during this stretch, allowing three or less runs in seven of their last 11 games. Overall, the Toronto Blue Jays have an ERA of 4.10, which is 24th in the majors, and they’ve won seven straight when allowing less than four runs. Offensively, Jose Bautista has homered six times in his last 10 games and Dioner Navarro has four RBIs in his last three games. Starting is Mark Buehrle, who is 11-9 with a 3.34 ERA and has 102 strikeouts in 175 innings. Buehrle is 6-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 15 career starts against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 1-4 in Arrietas last 5 road starts and 5-13 in their last 18 during game 2 of a series. The Blue Jays are 18-8 in Buehrles last 26 home starts and 4-1 in Buehrles last 5 starts overall.
The Blue Jays are the more desprate team, at home and have a pitcher in Buehrle who knows how to win. Give me the home team for the fair price.